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As Week of the Young Child came to an end, Washington FFA members arrived last Friday morning with farm animals for children and adults to pet and admire. They brought chickens, baby goats, baby pigs, a dog, mini horses, bottle calf, lambs and rabbits. It was a room full of excited children and animals.

Cottage residents met for the April potluck Monday evening with 47 residents present including new residents Jane Button and Jim and Marcia Wilson. Serving committee for the evening included Betty Beenblossom, Sue Kretzschmar, Melva Mineart, and Dick and Betty Colby. April birthdays were recognized for Wayne Brock, Ann Mason, Myron Shields, Thelma Wagner and Larry Bartlett. The group sang Happy Anniversary to Emory and Phyllis VanGerpen for 67 years of marriage.

Washington Middle School students returned Wednesday for an encore virtual expedition using Googles Virtual Reality Goggles. Residents were able to look through the magic goggles and see Paris, Mount Everest and monuments in Washington DC. The places seemed so real that Marion Turnipseed was taken back to June 2, 1944, on his first military flight over Paris when his aircraft was attacked and he narrowly escaped death ? an experience most people would not want to relive but Marion logs it in with the other near death experiences and counts himself fortunate to be living today. Mike McGuire was intrigued with Washington, D.C. as he recently toured the nation?s capital city while on an Honor Flight as a Vietnam veteran.

At their monthly meeting book club members discussed Madeleine Albright?s autobiography, Madame Secretary. It is a hefty volume with lots of historical references as well as humorous anecdotes. In 1993 Albright became the first woman to be head of the U.N. delegation. In 1997, she became the first woman to be Secretary of State, serving in Clinton?s second term. The book club?s next meeting well be held the fourth Wednesday in May at which time they will discuss The Last Runaway, a historical novel by Tracy Chevalier.

Chef Cory Evans unveiled his spring menu with a tasting party in the Health Center Wednesday afternoon. Residents and staff were able to sample salad and dessert dishes selected for the menu to begin in May. Salads were varied to include Hawaiian salad, seafood pasta salad, Mexican fiesta salad, frog-eyed salad and strawberry pretzel salad. Desserts included devil?s food pudding cake, Oreo pie, frosted banana bars and strawberry-rhubarb pie. Not only will residents enjoy spring but delicious food as well.

Larry Bartlett and Elna Tompkins celebrated birthdays this week with treats in the Town Center.

Classics Et Cetera for April 26, included the prelude to ?Oedipus at Colonus? by Gioachino Rossini; 1st Movement of Grand Sextet No. 3 by Henri Bertini; ?Toccata? from Symphony for Organ No. 5 by Charles-Marie Widow; ?St. Louis Blues? by W.C. Handy, arranged for the Boston Pops; ?Painted Desert? and ?On the Trail? from ?The Grand Canyon Suite? by Ferde Grofé; March No. 1 by Francis Johnson.

Francis ?Frank? Johnson (1792-1844) was an African-American musician and a prolific composer during the period after our Revolutionary War. Born in Philadelphia, he was a rarity during this period?one of the few black musicians who were successful. Performing as a virtuoso of the keyed bugle and the violin and the leader of his own orchestra, he wrote more than 200 musical pieces including patriotic marches, ballads and many sorts of dances. He experienced many problems due to racial prejudice, but he also had many supporters, and his orchestra was kept busy playing for balls and dances in early America.